Fire Prevention Week open houses

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Ferrysburg firefighters will have a hazard house at their open house, while Spring Lake Township and the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety will finish their events with a side-by-side burn room demonstration.

Grand Haven Township will have fire trucks, police cars and ambulances from a variety of departments. Their smoke trailer will also be making the rounds at several open houses.

Crockery Township will host its open house a little later in the month, with demonstrations by the hazardous materials and technical rescue teams.

Robinson Township firefighters recently hosted an open house in conjunction with Robinson Elementary School. However, the department will host a fire station remodel open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The fire station is at the corner of 120th Avenue and Buchanan Street.

The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13, is “Have Two Ways Out.” The local fire departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote planning home escape routes.

“One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010,” Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said. “Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.”

Families should do the following:

— Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.

— Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet once they’ve escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.

— Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.

— Have an adult sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.

— Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator, and remind adults to have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

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